Presidents Message - February 2023


  1. The 2023 Lone Star Regional is 10 days away and Chapter 124 is working hard to make it a successful Regional. 
  1. $35 Pre-registration to stay open till Thursday February 23rd. Registration will then be $40 at the door. Please take the opportunity for the savings.  
  1. Chapter 124 is having a Regional Pre-registration Packet Stuffing Meeting Saturday, February 25th at 9:00 AM. Please help us. The more volunteers, the faster the Packets are completed. 
  1. Chapter 124 has great Presentations and Demonstrations scheduled. 
  1. The chapter had several auction meetings to categorize the auction items.  The most recent, Saturday, February 18th, almost completed packing the items for transportation to the Regional.  One more meeting is scheduled on February 23, to finish packing and preparing some of the larger clocks for transportation.
  1. Thank you to all members who helped with our previous work days and a very big thank you to the people who donated items to the chapter. The auction will be larger than last year.
  1. Please contact the following for questions: Brian Schmidt to assist at the Regional Registration Desk, or 817-879-7555; Tom Hefner, Unloading and Loading, Auctions and Let’s Make A Deal Table, 817-565-8697; Justin Barren, Black Forest Exhibit. 817-914-6100

The Cedarburg State Bank McClintock Clock Project made progress on the secondary clock dials and Chime Mechanism. The Primary Clock Time Mechanism is scheduled to arrive from Wisconsin during the Regional. Work parties will be planned in the near future for this project.

Chapter 124 was asked to help fix the Carter County Courthouse Tower Clock in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Tom Hefner and I helped troubleshoot the clock. Still need to go back and make a minor adjustment on the Strike for the bell to ring.

Thank you to the Ardmore Oklahoma Masons for the Donation to Chapter 124. The donation was greatly appreciated. 

Have a great day and even have a greater time at the 2023 Lone Star Regional March 2, 3 and 4.

Thank you,

Brian Schmidt

President Chapter 124

Updated President's Message

National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors 

“An Educational Group Dedicated to Preserving and Understanding Horology” 

December 2022                                                                          Volume 38 No. 4

Membership count – 285                                          

Chapter Members and Friends,  

Once again, it’s time for the Lone Star Chapter 124 Regional Convention and Mart.  A great deal of planning has already been done to make our 2023 Regional Convention and Mart a great success and it’s just around the corner.  

Over the past couple of years, COVID caused many problems and, hopefully, that is all behind us. The Lone Star Chapter 124 Regional Convention and Mart will be held on March 2, 3, 4, 2023 at the Mesquite Convention & Expo Center, 1700 Rodeo Dr., Mesquite, TX 75149.

For Hampton Inn & Suites reservations –
Click Hampton Inn & Suites, Mesquite, TX or call 972‐329‐3100.

Hampton is SOLD OUT Rooms may become available due to cancellations.

Chapter 124 has the largest mart in the five‐state area with approximately 300 tables – and is one of the best.
Again this year, the public is invited on Friday from Noon – 5pm and on Saturday from 8am‐noon.

     * Pre-registered table holders may pick up packets at the unloading dock, beginning at Noon.
     * Pre-registered non-table holders may pick up packets at the mart entrance from 2:00pm-4:30pm.

The Mart hours for Thursday, Friday, Saturday – March 2, 3, 4, 2023 as follows:

     Set Up                                         Noon – 3:30 pm
             4 or more tables                 Noon – 2:00 pm
             Fewer than 4 tables       1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
     Mart Hours                             2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

     Registration                          Starting at 7:00 am
     Set Up                                   Starting at 7:00 am
     Exhibit Opens w/Walkthrough              9:00 am  
     Mart Hours                            8:00 am – 5:00 pm
     Public Hours                              Noon – 5:00 pm

     Mart Hours                                 8:00 am – Noon
     Public Hours                              8:00 am – Noon
     Load Out                                    Noon – 2:00 pm

Register below for Mart Admission, 8-ft Table Rental, Electricity for tables,
Horological Student Admission and more.

For specific information about tables with capability for electricity, email or phone:
Brian Schmidt, (817) 879-7555‬‬‬.



           Hosted by Justin Barren

Justin will open the Exhibit at 9:00 am with a walk-through.


Barry Kilfoy – “Horology – Drawing with Power Point”
Bill Edwards – “History of Barometers”
Craig White – “Restoring a French Lantern Clock”
Ralph Pokluda – “Southern Tall Case Clocks”
Stanley McMahan – “Pocket Watch Mainspring Mastery”
Nikolaus LibbyWatch Collecting – Things You Need to Know”


Richard Cox “Re-Silvering Dials”

Presentations and Demonstrations are Subject to Change



6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Silent auction and Social Hour “Meet and Greet” with Cash bar and Snacks.


5:00 pm – 6:00 pmPreview of Live Auction items in Ballroom A.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pmBanquet in “Ballroom A” with Cash Bar.

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm LIVE AUCTION !!

Sargent Auction Service, TX16135, will auction nearly 150 horological items.

Don’t forget these Mart activities:

– Raffle – A $100 Mart Bucks voucher,
Door Prizes – throughout the Mart.
– Grand Door Prize – Saturday morning, 11:00am – “Foredom Bench Lathe”.
– Children’s Table – Hosted by Cathy and Amy Slough in the Mart.
– Let’s Make A Deal Table – See something you like – make a deal!

Bookcase Carts will be provided in the Mart for unloading/loading.
Flatbed Carts or Furniture Dollies will NOT be provided.

We hope to see you all at the 2023 Lone Star Chapter 124 Regional Convention and Mart !

Brian Schmidt
Chapter 124, NAWCC


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